Baltic Porcupine: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

June 27, 2019 - 9:30 am

Please join the Atlantic Council and the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative for a public discussion on “Baltic Porcupine: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Defend the Baltic States” on Thursday, June 27 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters (1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 12th Floor West Tower Elevators). The event will feature the launch of the Scowcroft Center’s latest issue brief, “The Melians’ Revenge: How Small, Frontline, European States Can Employ Emerging Technology to Defend Against Russia” by Dr. T.X. Hammes.

Russia’s military modernization and aggressive behavior continues to threaten the security of NATO’s frontline Allies, the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Russia’s proximity to these states and their distance from other NATO Allies presents the Alliance with a fundamental problem: if a crisis were to erupt with little warning in the Baltic States, NATO reinforcements may not be able to arrive quickly enough to stop a rapid Russian advance. At the same time, the Baltic States’ small size and relatively small budgets limit the level of defense investments they can make. How then, can the Baltic States put their resources to best use to defend their territory and deter Russia?

In “The Melians’ Revenge” Dr. T.X. Hammes advocates for a novel approach to defense investment in the Baltic States, harnessing emerging technologies such as small drones, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence to improve deterrence on the Alliance’s eastern flank. Dr. Hammes will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss how these technologies can be employed to deter and how they can fit into NATO’s strategy for defending the Baltic States.

We hope you can join us for this fascinating and timely conversation. Please RSVP by clicking the link above. 



Dr. T.X. Hammes

Distinguished Research Fellow,

Center for Strategic Research,

Institute for National Strategic Studies

National Defense University

Dr. Kathleen J. McInnis

Nonresident Senior Fellow,

Transatlantic Security Initiative,

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council

Dr. Richard D. Hooker

Professor, National Security Strategy,

National War College

National Defense University

Mr. Rolands Heniņš

Defense Counselor

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia

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